White Shadows is ranked in the 34th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

8 / 10
Dec 9, 2021

White Shadows might have a short run time and be fairly by the numbers as a platformer, but it packs a lot in for you to experience. If you enjoy your dystopian fiction then you will find a game that sets up a world which raises questions, though the the Animal Farm influence is clear to see. White Shadows hits on a lot of dark themes, but does so in such a way that is not overwhelming.

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Unscored
Dec 13, 2021

Its puzzles are simple, but White Shadows offers two hours of creative, chilling designs, joyous musical set pieces and enough screen-shottable sights to fill your hard drive.

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4 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2021

There's no doubt that White Shadows has something to offer in raw artistic spectacle, but there's far too many issues with the game to be celebrated. It comes across as a game that has its priorities completely upside down. While it's commendably brave that a brand new studio would explore delicate themes on their debut game, this preoccupation has apparently left no mind toward the fundamentals of what makes a gaming experience rewarding. Furthermore, these themes have not been handled in a very sophisticated manner. Social commentary aside, unoriginal level design, a forgettable narrative and poor frame performance sadly render White Shadows as one you can miss.

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JVL
Kikitoès
Top Critic
13 / 20
Dec 12, 2021

White Shadows is a game that is swallowed with one stroke. Short, the game tries to send us a good number of messages on strong, current topics and which obviously speak to us a lot. However, by wanting to bet everything on this aspect, the game forgets everything else and we tend to lose the thread. Fortunately, the title is only done in about two hours, and sports a singular aesthetic as well as an effective artistic direction.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2021

White Shadows does nothing to hide his sources of inspiration: Limbo and Inside. A dark and obscure location is the right place to set a dystopian, anthropomorphic future story which can be read as a hermetic social metaphor. Though fascinating, White Shadows does too little to explain to the players where they are or what exactly it is that they're doing, and its very simple mechanics don't help. At the same time though, you often feel like you just can't leave, like when watching a Lynch movie.

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8 / 10
Dec 7, 2021

Familiar but still containing enough of its own identity to stand out among similar titles, White Shadows is a compelling, albeit brief experience. It could have done more with its gameplay and commentary, but the game is mostly a success.

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83 / 100
Dec 7, 2021

White Shadows is a unique title that is a strong argument for the notion of games being art. Not only does it find its individuality with its creative design, but it also has a clear message about societal issues. While some may find sections quite distressing, Monokel’s commitment to tackling sensitive topics is commendable. With this daring release being their debut title, I’m excited to see what the future holds for this talented team. Despite its short runtime, fans of narrative-focused puzzle platformers will adore this insatiable title.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2021

After three years of actual development and a decade of incubation, White Shadows presents the German team Monokel Games to the gaming community. Composed of less than a dozen professionals, the latter assembles a work in black and white, but not without nuances. With an environmental narrative of strong impact, the Indie paints a violent anthropomorphic dystopia, able to disturb and make you think.

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AusGamers
KostaAndreadis
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2021

It's also ambiguous, at least until the latter moments when the world's history is laid bare in a somewhat out of place but impressive nonetheless storybook sequence.

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3 / 5.0
Dec 7, 2021

The amount of criticism dished out here may paint a negative picture, but White Shadows is by no means a terrible product and so evidently houses a clear visual style and competent-enough execution of puzzle-platforming.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2021

Black and white Dystopia animal farm with nice look and good but short gameplay.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2021

White Shadows is a great debut title from Monokel that has great visuals, touches on some dark subject matter, and performs solidly in the gameplay department. It needs a patch or two to tighten up the framerate and Ravengirl’s journey will be over before you know it. The world and environmental storytelling really stuck with me though and it’s one of my favorite indie games of this year.

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TrueGaming
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2021

White Shadows is a bold attempt as the first development team project but has suffered from many unsuccessful decisions in the play experience and heterogeneous storytelling.

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60 / 100
Dec 13, 2021

White Shadows is a middling puzzle-platformer with interesting Orwellian themes. Although its black and white world design is commendable, it is limited by bland gameplay and an ungainly eleventh-hour exposition dump.

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5 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2022

There's no denying that White Shadows' atmosphere and visuals are the stars of the show so I sincerely want to see the developers make a second game that hopefully offers a lot more substantial gameplay and perhaps a narrative that's open to some interpretation.

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70%
Dec 20, 2021

I feel like it’s especially hard to put into words how well-constructed this game was graphic-wise.

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8 / 10
Dec 17, 2021

White Shadows is a dark and oppressive experience, but don’t write it off. It’s reminiscent of Limbo and the like, but homages can be a good thing at times. It is criminally short, however, and would have really benefited from a bit more challenge and/or length in its puzzles. If you enjoy your misery in small bursts, this will be for you.

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6.5 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2021

The platforming is mediocre, the performance is terrible, but there is heart here. I look forward to what Monokel has in store for us with their next title as there is clear talent on this team, and they are not afraid to tackle some very delicate topics.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2021

'White Shadows' is a 2D platformer. Visually, it is a black and white work of art with a lot of depth. You want to play through it and learn all about this dark place. The game plays quite smoothly, but has a minimal sloppiness. It's unfortunately very short, but the platforming, puzzles and artstyle make it worth every second. In addition, this story tells more than the foreground suggests.

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4 / 5.0
Dec 8, 2021

I really didn’t know what to expect from White Shadows, but I’m glad I had the chance to cover it. It’s a very ambitious first effort by Monokel, and it doesn’t pull any punches. While the difficulty of the game was a bit top-heavy, I still enjoyed my time with it. If you enjoy puzzle platformers and don’t mind some truly haunting imagery, I’d definitely give it a shot. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to see if there’s another ending I have yet to unlock after unintentionally becoming the “destroyer of worlds”…

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